NBC Sports Network to Renew and Extend “Fight Night” Series
By John G. Thompson: As reported through various media outlets, NBC’s cable sports channel the NBC Sports Network has not only renewed its “Fight Night” series, but increased its number of scheduled matches from six to sixteen, with at least six broadcasts to air per year on Saturdays. In addition to the cable channel’s broadcasts, NBC Sports President Jon Miller has announced that they will try to schedule one or two “Fight Night” shows on network NBC.
Article posted on 03.07.2012
NBC Sports Group has partnered with Main Events and well-known matchmaker J. Russell Peltz, who commented, "This series is the best thing that has happened to boxing in years… the fights have been promoted the old-fashioned way, in sold-out noisy venues in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Bethlehem and Newark. This is the way boxing was meant to be." Jon Miller added, “Fight Night has been a tremendous success. The unique approach to have multiple promoters competing to put fights on the NBC Sports Network has allowed us to produce compelling match-ups and incredibly exciting shows."
In an exciting move, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach is set to join Kenny Rice and cruiserweight prospect B.J. Flores as part of the play-by-play commentating team. Also, Sports Illustrated staff writer Chris Mannix will continue to serve as the ringside reporter. So far the Fight Night series has showcased up and coming US heavyweight Bryant Jennings and junior middleweight Gabriel Rosado, as well as the recent controversial bout between Eddie Chambers and Tomasz Adamek. The next broadcast is scheduled for September 21st, featuring undefeated welterweight Ronald Cruz and a possible return for Adamek.
"We are once again reaching out to all promoters to get involved in the series." said Main Events President Kathy Duva. "The multiple promoter format worked incredibly well during season one and we are hoping to continue to build on the momentum. All fighters who are willing to further their careers by engaging in compelling, interesting, meaningful matches are welcome."
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